News Danny Cousins, 21, and his 66-year-old father, Mick, are sharing a one-bed flat in Luton while Danny saves for a house

Official figures show Britain now has more than 3m ‘boomerangers’, and it’s getting worse

The London Train, By Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley is an understated writer whose concentration on the details of everyday life belies a breathtaking acuity and articulateness. Her previous three novels and collection of stories were met with praise for her brush-strokes, if not always the bigger picture. In The London Train, she once again visualises the monochrome mundanity of ordinary existence in glorious Technicolor.

Farewell, Nat: Bolton mourns one of its greats

It was billed as the unofficial championship of Europe – Austria v England in 1952 – and the score was 2-2 with seven minutes left when the away team's centre-forward, Nat Lofthouse, picked up the ball on the halfway line. As he dribbled goalwards he was tackled from behind, elbowed in the face and brought down by the goalkeeper, but nothing stopped him slamming the ball into the net to seal a memorable triumph.

Minister promises new checks on elderly care

The ordeal faced by the grandmother of the Independent columnist Johann Hari as she was shunted between residential homes over 10 years was condemned as appalling last night by the Care Services minister.

Oliver Wright: 'Cinderella' service faces an uncertain and austere future

Even in the good years, when public money was plentiful, care for the elderly was a Cinderella service: under-funded, under-regulated and under-loved. Now in times of austerity things are about to get much worse.

My name is Peter and I'm a believer

George Carey may be telling Christians not to be ashamed, but devout Catholic Peter Stanford always worried that if he went public, he'd come across as a nutter. Now, he believes, it's time to lose his inhibitions

'Cash theft' from Great Train robber Biggs

Great train robber Ronnie Biggs has complained that up to £100 cash has gone missing from his nursing home room.

Revenge: A Fable, By Taslima Nasrin, trans. Honor Moore with Taslima Nasrin

Literature brims with stories of vengeance which invariably unravel to a tragic end. Taslima Nasrin revisits the overwhelming emotions of self-righteous rage that lead wife to right wrongs against husband, but the outcome is not the cataclysmic one we may have come to expect.

Care home blaze woman, 96, dies

A 96-year-old woman who was in a critical condition after a blaze at a care home has died, police said today.

Mother challenges conviction for murdering son

A mother who gave her brain-damaged son a lethal heroin injection to end his "living hell" challenges her conviction today.

Most UK Catholics support abortion and use of contraception

Pope offers apologies for the 'unspeakable' sins of paedophile priests, but major survey shows he is seriously out of step with his followers on several key issues. Andrew McCorkell and Colin Francome report

Portrait Of The Mother As A Young Woman, By Friedrich Christian Delius, trans. Jamie Bulloch

This is a novella written as a single sentence, the internal monologue of a German woman walking through occupied Rome in 1943 – in which nothing actually happens. Potentially a tough read? No: in the hands of German writer FC Delius (and his superb translator, Jamie Bulloch), this portrait of Delius's young, pregnant mother is an eloquent, elegant stroll. As she walks, she thinks and observes Rome; her thoughts units of ideas. Delius is at one with her, in her head, in her belly: he is the unborn baby.

UK's oldest person dies at 111

A woman believed to be the oldest person in the UK has died at the age of 111.

Companies that supply public sector feel heat of latest wave of cuts

Insolvencies among businesses reliant on the public sector have shot up by 47 per cent this year despite a fall in corporate bankruptcies over the same period.

Macy Gray: The soul survivor who refuses to compromise

Macy Gray tells Elisa Bray how female artists over 40 have to persevere, so much so that when a fifth album was rejected, she kept her nerve and released it herself

Mark Steel: But did Tony run it by Cherie first?

I should think when the British Legion appears at the International Court in The Hague, they'll claim they had no idea the £4.6m "gift" they received from warlord Mister Tony Blair was blood money from a criminal. "We just thought it was a charming present from an admirer", they'll say, although Mia Farrow will contradict this by suggesting she'd warned the Legion about the origins of the donation, and add she'd witnessed them being "flirtatious" with Mr Blair on a number of occasions.

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

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10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

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Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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